What is that crazy lady doing in the wonderful world of Rory Gilmore? She appears to be pointless other than reminding us that Rory has no idea what to do with her life. Let’s recap.
We first meet Naomi (played by Alex Kingston) during a luncheon where Rory presents the idea of writing a book on Naomi’s life. It would be an extension of the New Yorker piece that was recently published. Rory received rave reviews on her work, especially from “super proud” Luke who put it on the back of his menu.
Through Rory and Naomi’s journey, Naomi elicits a lot of drinking, and wild stories while acquiring food from other people’s order. At one point Naomi brings up the idea of a children’s book instead of a biography so she can avoid talking about her mother. She does not want to reveal too much to her mother, just like Lorelai does not want Emily to know that she left Rory in a bucket at a hardware store once upon a time. Although this is important, it’s not the most significant part about Naomi. In the last phone call to Rory, Naomi circles around the children’s book she wants to write using a whale and a mouse. Rory argues that it was not a mouse but a rabbit. The conversation blows up and ends with the dissolving of an unwritten book.
But the story does get written. It is written through the lives of Emily, Lorelai and Rory.
Emily the Whale
Emily goes through a difficult journey to figure out life without Richard. She acts out of character by purging her precious belongings, sleeping late and even wearing jeans! In “Fall”, Emily decides that she is going to move to Nantucket. She appears to be seeking solitude and peace even though she has filled the entire house with Berta’s extended family.
Emily represents the whale in Naomi’s unwritten story. Whales are symbolic of finding peace and understanding life and death. She alleviates herself from the “bullshit” that is the DAR. She is not fleeing the life she made with Richard but is seeing her life in a new light. She even finds a job at the Whaling Museum. Who would have thought Emily Gilmore would ever work?
Lorelai the Rabbit
While Emily discovers life in Nantucket, Lorelai sticks to Stars Hollow. All of Lorelai’s life and her relationship with her mother has been formed based on the birth of Rory. In the episode “Winter”, Luke and Lorelai seek out Paris (the fertility guru) in hopes of finding a surrogate to have a “fresh” child. She goes back and forth wondering if this will help her find fulfillment. It turns out the only thing she is missing is what her mother had for 50 years. She needed to marry Luke because their relationship was just as meaningful as Emily and Richard’s. During the top-secret, midnight ceremony, the small group gets to wander around the town square where Kirk finally did something right! Kirk (probably with the help of the whole town) adorned the entire square in a whimsical, Alice In Wonderland theme. As Lorelai unlocks the “OPEN ME” door to enter the space, viewers get a sense of falling down the rabbit hole.
Rabbits are in tune with the changing of the seasons. Lorelai feels change in seasons like Apollo feels music. Seasons are so magical to her that she can summon flurries just by saying “I smell snow.” Rabbits are often associated with fertility, which has surrounded Lorelai’s entire life. The birth of Rory shaped the path she chose and led her to Stars Hollow. She might appear to be late for a very important date, but it is better late than never. Lorelai and Luke found happiness.
Rory the Mouse
Mice also have a connection to earth. They burrow into the ground and sense home. Although the series begins with Rory only returning to Stars Hollow for a quick trip, she is eventually drawn more and more to her roots. She gives up her pad in Brooklyn, “breaks up” with Logan and is lured into becoming the editor for the Stars Hollow Gazette. When she receives an unexpected visit from Jess, she finally discovers her true calling.
Unlike Lorelai, who has represented a rabbit for quite some time, Rory becomes the mouse. Rory decides to write in Richard’s office, probably inspired by the muse inside her. In medieval Europe mice were thought to be able to carry souls of humans that have moved on to another life. When we find out that Rory is pregnant, it alters the whole Gilmore world and makes things come full circle. She and Lorelai have swapped positions from the opening scene while sitting in the gazebo. Rory’s oversized red sweater is reminiscent of the sweater Lorelai was wearing the day she gave birth to her. Rory, the mouse, is carrying the reincarnated soul of Richard Gilmore.
Thank you, Naomi Shropshire. I thought I hated you, but you made me love the Gilmore Girls even more.
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